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merge into the background

To act or position oneself in such a way as not to be very noticeable to others. Not feeling comfortable at the center of attention, I prompted someone else to start talking and then merged into the background.
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merge in (to something)

to join into something. The stream merged into the main channel of the river.
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merge someone or something into something

 and merge someone or something in
to route someone or something into something else. They merged the marchers into the parade and no one ever knew they were late. We merged in the latecomers to the parade at an intersection.
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merge (something) with (something else)

to join two things together. The management merged the sales division with the marketing division. We merged the accounting department with the auditing department.
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merge with someone or something

to join with someone or something. Ted merged with Fred and they created a very profitable partnership. Our company merged with a larger one, and we all kept our jobs. This stream merges with a larger stream about two miles to the west.
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merge into the ˈbackground

(of a person) behave quietly when you are with a group of people so that they do not notice you: Nick didn’t say anything during the meeting, and it was obvious that he was desperately trying to merge into the background.
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Through the mergence of the Wisdom Being, the Commitment Being is alleged to be infused with divine energy, thereby enhancing its power and efficacy in the later stages of the consecration.
In conclusion, the results from Experiment 1 raise a number of issues regarding the nature of the stability, mergence, and transfer of multiple functions within equivalence classes.
32) Swinburne's poem 'Hermaphroditus', inspired by the antique statue of a sleeping hermaphrodite at the Louvre, centres on the 'curious beauty' (33) of the androgynous figure in which 'Sex to sweet sex with lips and limbs is wed, | Turning the fruitful feud of hers and his | To the waste wedlock of a sterile kiss', and celebrates its ambiguity and its mergence of the masculine and the feminine.
1987), Darwin and the mergence of evolutionary theory of mind and behavior, Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Through technologically enabled specific interaction canalized by special communication approaches between the sender and recipient, the trademark and buyer, the corporation and consumer, the oil company and nature conservancy (n5m 3 Workbook, Evelline Lubers 1999), the mergence of simulation and spectacle takes place mainly in the field of criticism and its co-optation, which produces simulated quasi media literacy.
Water quality impacts associated with pre- and post mergence applications of atrazine in maize.
a certain bonding or mergence of person and place such that the place takes its identity from the dweller and the dweller takes his or her identity from the place.
Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) A Thai gay animist fable paralleling two love stories in which the hunter and the hunted yearn for mergence.
If, as Cixous suggests, woman's difference from man is indicated in part by her more liberated and liberating approach to sexuality, it might be the case that for Hemingway only interaction with a non-masculine sexual principle could allow for potential male liberation and self-definition--the conclusion to which Earl Rovit inadvertently comes when he calls Maria "the vessel of Jordan's complete self-realization; in his mergence with her, he has achieved the immortality of becoming 'other'" (134).
Successful mergence into the native culture is achieved largely through language, and it is interesting to compare and note the similarity between the way in which Somerville and Ross intersperse lower class Hiberno-English phraseology into the main narrative to the italicized French and German words that are assimilated into the texts of their other tours.
Intuition is knowledge by identity, and intuitive experience involves a form of mergence of the object and the subject, the knower and the known and the act of knowing thereby dissolving dualities.
The musical interludes came from Gobbleracket, an incredible mergence of didgereedo and Irish gypsy folk violin.
Organizational and contextual influences on the mergence of effectiveness of charismatic leadership.
6) The book reflects a mergence of botany with pharmacy, with each plant listed with a botanical description along with the analysis of its chemical composition.
31) Burkman and Meloy touch on this doubleness with their comment that "O'Connor has captured the young boy's regressive wish for mergence with the mother in its most frightening and gratifying aspects" (p.